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Asheville Free Media Holds Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden

Asheville Free Media is raising funds to get on the airwaves at 103.3FM, and in order to provide this service to the Asheville community, we need Asheville to help us Power the Tower!

On Saturday, May 10th, we are hosting a social & benefit at Christopher’s Garden from 1-6pm at 307 Waynesville Avenue in West Asheville. That’s right, it’s the colorful garden behind The Walk, where Westwood and Waynesville Avenues intersect!

Asheville Free Media volunteers will be on site to talk about what we’re broadcasting now, and to hear what you’re interested in listening to on the radio! We’re hosting a silent auction featuring pieces by local artists, there will be artisan coffee by Aesthetic Coffee, and Sow True Seed has donated seed packets for our party favors!

Our friends at The Mothlight are continuing the party on Saturday night! Starting May 10th at 5pm, the entire sale of the New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA draft sales at The Mothlight will go towards getting Asheville Free Media on the airwaves!

Stop by our Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden on Saturday afternoon between 1-6pm, then swing by The Mothlight to refresh!

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Good News Week

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Over at Digby’s place, David Atkins ponders what precipitates civilizational collapse:

The free market isn’t a genius system that will lead to utopia. If we continue going at this rate, the free market in fossil fuels and modern big ag will wind up destroying civilization as we know it.

David is responding to a report by the World Health Organization. As we approach the post-antibiotics era, “common infections and minor injuries can kill … a very real possibility for the twenty-first century,” according to the report’s foreword. According to Nature online,

There is nothing hopeful in the WHO’s report, which pulls together data from 129 member states to show extensive resistance to antimicrobial agents in every region of the world. Overuse of antibiotics in agriculture — to promote livestock growth — and in hospitals quickly leads to proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria, which then spread via human travel and poor sanitation practices.

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From the Sydney Hillman Foundation:

Digby Wins 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism

NEW YORK – The influential progressive blogger known as Digby has won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for her “incisive commentary on the struggle for economic justice in the U.S.” The award will be presented by the Sidney Hillman Foundation at the annual Hillman Prizes ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Times Center in New York. The official announcement of all the 2014 Hillman Prize winners will be made on Wednesday, April 23.

Digby writes constantly, engages readers, quotes generously, and exists inside today’s 24-hour news cycle with both her fearlessness and her point of view intact. She has been filing daily updates to her Hullabaloo blog since 2002, creating one of the last independent sources for progressive commentary, incisive political analysis and media criticism. She is a daily blogger who is a must-read in the halls of power, among activists and organizers, and by the national media she sometimes criticizes with acerbic accuracy.

In many ways, Heather “Digby” Parton is the blogging godmother to a generation of new voices who grew up over the last decade to prominence at major journals, news sites, and on public affairs television. Just say “Digby” to any of hundreds journalists and commentators, and you’ll get an appreciative smile.

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Hey You (and you, and you, and you two over there by the bar!)

Asheville FM is going on air – jumping from internet only, to the airwaves of Asheville, NC at 103.3 FM. But first, we need to Power the Tower.

Click HERE to find out more and donate to a really great (tax deductible) cause. We are YOUR community radio, Asheville, NC!




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Billionaire Frat Party

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What need does it fill for these sophomoric billionaires to dress in drag? At New York Magazine, Kevin Roose shares his adventures in 1% Land at the annual gathering of the Kappa Beta Phi, “a secret fraternity, founded at the beginning of the Great Depression, that functioned as a sort of one-percenter’s Friars Club.”

“Good evening, Exalted High Council, former Grand Swipes, Grand Swipes-in-waiting, fellow Wall Street Kappas, Kappas from the Spring Street and Montgomery Street chapters, and worthless neophytes!”

Chris Hayes had the author as a guest last night:

Roose had several observations about this august bunch:

The second thing I realized was that Kappa Beta Phi was, in large part, a fear-based organization. Here were executives who had strong ideas about politics, society, and the work of their colleagues, but who would never have the courage to voice those opinions in a public setting. Their cowardice had reduced them to sniping at their perceived enemies in the form of satirical songs and sketches, among only those people who had been handpicked to share their view of the world. And the idea of a reporter making those views public had caused them to throw a mass temper tantrum.

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We can’t have any of that here. Josh Holland connects the dots, explaining why Tennessee Republicans are very, very unhappy that VW workers in Chattanooga might unionize:

For years, economist Dean Baker has waged a lonely campaign urging  progressives to stop accusing business-friendly politicians of being “free-market fundamentalists.” In his 2011 book, The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive, he wrote, “The vast majority of the right does not give a damn about free markets; it just wants to redistribute income upward.” Today, you don’t need to look any further than Tennessee for proof that the “free market” rhetoric of business-friendly politicians is in fact thin cover for favoring the investor class over workers and the environment.

VW workers in Chattanooga finish voting today. They’ve been threatened with economic reprisals — from Grover Norquist’s merry men, to state senators, a U.S. senator, and Tennessee’s governor himself. Heaven forbid workers should have any power in the workplace.

Because in the end that’s what this is about. Not about markets, capitalism, communism, economics or comparative advantage. It’s about power. Who doesn’t have any and who’s terrified of sharing it. Right now, the powers that be in Tennessee are terrified of losing their monopoly on it.

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More Moral March Coverage

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Roger Hickey of Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) sums up what makes this moral movement work:

Long years of organizing and networking had built trust among groups representing various parts of the North Carolina community. And attacks on “my group” coming at the same time as attacks on “your group” forged stronger bonds. An inclusivePeople’s Agenda was forged, supported by an impressive list of coalition partners – from faith groups to labor unions to LGBT rights organizations to women’s groups and environmentalists. Look at these two links, which can both be found at They are models for almost every state coalition in the nation.

Isaiah Poole, editor of, CAF’s blog), quotes Chapel Hill-based education activist, Jeff Bryant:

“With the current dysfunction of government at the national level, these state movements will begin to get more attention as they become more of a visible new dynamic contrasting to the stalemate we see in Washington, D.C.,” Bryant said. “And the messaging around morality rather than values of economic efficiency and financialization that have been the heart of neoliberalism over the past two to three decades will strike many Americans as a better direction forward.”

Isaiah graciously allowed me the last word:

“I expect the movement to build,” Sullivan said. “Fifty years ago, it was ‘segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!’ until it wasn’t, until the weight of the world’s collective moral judgement broke it. Same with apartheid. Same with this tea-party nonsense.”

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Moral March On Raleigh Live Stream

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Pete Seeger, R.I.P.

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Pete singing one by his sister, Peggy. He was 94, the New York Times reports. We will miss him.

For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.

Pete Seeger

Wow! That’s terrific bunny …

Federal judge strikes down Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s welfare drug testing law

A federal judge in Orlando, Florida ruled Tuesday that the state’s law requiring drug tests from all applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional. According to the New York Times, Judge Mary S. Scriven found that the law — Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott (R)’s signature piece of legislation — violates the U.S. Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

“The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied,” Scriven wrote.

South Korea: Rail Workers, Repression and Resistance

In South Korea, no one can hear you scream. Workers have the right to organize, just not the right to do anything with it.

As the strike dragged on -soon becoming the longest rail strike in Korean history -the repression intensified. On December 17, police raided the headquarters of the Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU) in search of top leaders to arrest -but found none. Instead they confiscated office equipment. including disk drives and confidential documents. Two days later, they carried out similar raids on union offices in four other cities.

Frustrated by their inability to locate the union leaders, police then besieged the headquarters of the KCTU, where they believed the railway workers’ leaders had sought protection. Trade unionists formed a defensive cordon but eventually riot police charged the building, smashing down glass doors and firing pepper gas, causing several injuries. There were reports that some of the trade unionists responded with improvised water cannon.

On Christmas, Republicans Quietly Declare War on Themselves

The news came in the Wall Street Journal, where the Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it will be teaming up with Republican establishment leaders to spend $50 million in an effort to stem the tide of “fools” who have overwhelmed Republican ballots in recent seasons. Check out the language Chamber strategist Scott Reed used in announcing the new campaign:

Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates… That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.

Good luck with that.

The primary NSA issue isn’t privacy, it’s authority

Government’s access to that data must be determined, in turn, by a separate and much more stringent set of laws born of the principles set forth in the Bill of Rights and built with the knowledge that government has the means to use our information against us, in secret. Does theNSA’s mass collection, analysis, and use of communications metadata violate the Fourth Amendment? I think it does because it acts as surveillance over innocent citizens, treating all of us as criminals in government’s dragnet without probable cause or due process. Or as Jay Rosen puts it: “My liberty is being violated because ‘someone has the power to do so should they choose.’ Thus: It’s not privacy; it’s freedom.”

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